Arcadia Publishing & The History Press
Columbus Italians - Book By Andy Dominianni and Erin Dominianni
At the beginning of the last century, there were just over 11,000 Italians in Ohio. While many of the earliest immigrants settled along Lake Erie, a growing number ventured south to the state capital, a city located at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers and named for a famed Italian explorer.
Importing the rich traditions of the old country, Columbus Italian families stayed close to each other, living in great concentrations on St. Clair Avenue and in the Flytown and Bottoms neighborhoods, Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff, and San Margherita.
The generations of families who once called these Italian enclaves home have now largely dispersed but still form a community—colorful, hardworking, and fiercely loyal—bonded by the three most basic principles of Italian culture and the theme of the Columbus Italian Festival: “Faith, Family, and Friends.”